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Ray Russell

Writer Ray Russell died March 15 at a Los Angeles nursing home from stroke complications. He was 74.

Among his screenplays that became camp sci-fi and horror film favorites were “Mr. Sardonicus,” “The Premature Burial,” “Zotz!,” “X — The Man With the X-Ray Eyes,” “The Horror of It All” and “Chamber of Horrors.”

He also was a magazine editor and anthologist. His writings appeared in Playboy and other periodicals. Among his seven novels are “The Case Against Satan,” “Princess Pamela,” “The Bishop’s Daughter” and “Absolute Power.”

He is survived by his wife, Ada, a son and a daughter.

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